Sr. Viktoriya’ mission to restore the smiles of Ukrainian children

Sr. Viktoriya Andrushchyshyna rescues childhoods destroyed by war. She distributes drops of kindness in frontier areas, where her angels of joy travel to cities and villages that were liberated from… Read More

Cardinal Fernández: With new norms it will be easier to decide on Medjugorje

The Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith responds to journalists about the “Medjugorje case” during the press conference presenting the new norms for discerning presumed supernatural… Read More

UN defends Gaza casualty figures after Israeli criticism

The United Nations humanitarian aid chief, Martin Griffiths, has defended the organisations’ use of casualty figures during the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Read all   Read More

News from the Orient – May 17, 2024

In this week’s news from the Eastern Churches, produced in collaboration with L’Œuvre d’Orient, Armenian faithful hold four days of demonstrations, Lebanon celebrates the feastday of St. Charbel, and three… Read More

Holy See: The Vietnamese Church’s freedom is for the good of society

A statement on the meeting of the Viet Nam-Holy See Joint Working Group reaffirms good bilateral relations between the parties and highlights how the Catholic community in the South East… Read More

Open to the Mystery, caring for the faith of ordinary people

Our Editorial Director reflects on the New Norms on Alleged Supernatural Phenomena released by the Dicastery for the Doctine of the Faith. Read all   Read More

How Ratzinger differentiated ‘the supernatural’ and spiritual fruits

In Vittorio Messori’s “The Ratzinger Report” the future Benedict XVI speaks about the norms for discerning alleged supernatural phenomena. These same norms are developed in the Dicastery for the Doctrine… Read More

Vatican releases new norms on alleged supernatural phenomena

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith releases a document detailing new norms regarding cases of reported supernatural phenomena. As a rule, neither the local bishop nor the Holy… Read More

Pope Francis calls the catacombs a sign of hope

Pope Francis meets with Participants of the Plenary Meeting of the Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology and stresses the importance of the catacombs during the upcoming jubilee year. Read all… Read More

CEPACS releases final document of Lagos General Assembly

The Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has published and released the final document of its Golden Jubilee assembly, which was held in Lagos, Nigeria, in November 2023.… Read More

Israeli ‘friendly fire’ kills five soldiers in Gaza, IDF confirm

The Israeli army says five soldiers have been killed by Israeli tank fire in northern Gaza. Read all   Read More

Patriarch Bartholomew: Preparations underway for 1700th anniversary of Nicaea

Bartholomew I of Constantinople speaks to journalists in Lisbon about ecological conversion, the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, and the ecumenical preparations for the upcoming 1700th anniversary of the Council… Read More

Pope: Sport is a place for encounter and fraternity

Pope Francis sends a message to an international Conference on Sports and Spirituality in which he reiterates his belief the “amateur” spirit must never be lacking in sports as it… Read More

Cardinal Pizzaballa brings hope, solidarity and support into Gaza

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem enters the besieged Gaza Strip bringing the closeness of the Church to the people and offering a message of solidarity and support. Read all   Read More

Pope Francis meets with President of the Republic of Latvia

Pope Francis receives Edgars Rinkēvičs, President of the Republic of Latvia, in audience in the Vatican. Read all   Read More

Pope seeks “communion in legitimate diversity” with Church of Greece

Pope Francis meets with the Metropolitan Agathanghelos, Director General of the Apostoliki Diakonia of the Church of Greece, and a Delegation of the Theological College of Athens. He thanks them… Read More

Pope Francis: ‘Path to climate resilience impeded by short-term greed’

Pope Francis addresses participants in a Vatican summit on the climate crisis, and encourages the international community to leverage the regenerative power of nature to move toward climate resilience. Read… Read More

Last priest to have been in Afghanistan: Pope’s appeal helps a ‘forgotten’ people

In an interview with Vatican News, the former Superior of the Mission ‘sui iuris’ in Afghanistan, the last priest to have been in the country, Fr. Giovanni Scalese, discusses Pope… Read More

The Presidents and the Patriarch: Dialogue conference kicks off in Lisbon

Vatican News is in Lisbon, where The Imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca and the Patriarch of Constantinople are speaking at an interreligious convention. Read all   Read More

Slovakia’s Prime Minister shot outside Bratislava

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico has been shot and injured in an apparent assassination attempt outside the capital Bratislava. The motives of the gunman were not immediately clear, but the… Read More

The voice of laymen at FABC General Conference

Among those participating in the FABC General Conference in Bangkok are laymen who have been invited as guests. They too come from all over Asia. Their presence makes the People… Read More

Pope to Pontifical Institute ‘JP II’: family is not ideology

Addressing the Pontifical Theological Institute “John Paul II” for Marriage and the Family Sciences, Pope Francis highlights the need for the Church as well as the State “to listen and… Read More

Church prays for end to drought, hunger and insecurity in Kenya.

Kenya’s Catholic Bishops over the weekend led prayers for an end to drought, hunger, and insecurity facing parts of the country. This was at the ordination of the new Bishop… Read More

Pope meets French President Emmanuel Macron

Pope Francis meets with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, for their third private audience in the Vatican, and discusses the desire to promote peace in a world overtaken by… Read More

Calls for renewed hope and conviction on UN Day

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, reiterates a call for renewed hope and conviction in what humanity can achieve through solidarity, as the United Nations marks the 77th anniversary since its foundation… Read More

The heroic sacrifice of the Discalced Carmelites of Compiègne

In November 1792, a small group of Discalced Carmelite nuns of Compiègne began reciting a prayer every day, offering themselves for the salvation of France. Their prayer was answered. Read… Read More

US records sharp uptick in migration inflows

The United States says record numbers of migrants have sought to cross the border in the year to September, as economic conditions in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba push would-be migrants… Read More

Humanitarian crisis spreads in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state

Violence continues in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state, where aid agencies say around a million people face famine. Read all   Read More

G7 condemns Russia’s kidnapping of nuclear plant leadership

The Group of Seven (G7) of the world’s leading economies has condemned Russia’s alleged kidnapping of the leadership of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Their concern comes as Ukraine suffers… Read More

Pope calls for prayers for Ukraine, recalls World Mission Day

Speaking after the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls that today is World Mission Day, and he encourages us to support missionaries with prayer and concrete solidarity. He also invites us to… Read More

Pope prays for peace in Ethiopia, victims of flooding in Africa

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis appeals to political leaders to find solutions for lasting peace in Tigray, and prays for victims of floods affecting various countries in Africa.… Read More

Pope Francis registers for the next World Youth Day in Lisbon

Assisted by young Portuguese university students presenting a tablet for him, Pope Francis at the Angleus on Sunday registers for the forthcoming World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugual, August 2023.… Read More

Pope at Angelus: Be humble so that God may raise you up

In his reflections on the Sunday Gospel, Pope Francis underscores the importance of seeing and acknowledging our own weaknesses and the need to develop a humility of heart so that… Read More

Russian authorities order civilians to flee Ukraine region

Russian occupation authorities in a key Ukrainian city have ordered civilians to leave immediately as Ukraine’s counter-offensive against the Russian invasion of the country intensifies. The order came as Ukrainian… Read More

UN demands end to violence in Haiti

The UN Security Council is calling for an immediate end to violence in Haiti and is inflicting punitive sanctions against a notorious street gang leader. Read all   Read More

Benedict XVI: Vatican II was both meaningful and necessary

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI sends a letter to an international symposium on “The Ecclesiology of Joseph Ratzinger” held at the US Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and upholds the importance… Read More

Caritas and Holy See at UNESCO to hold conference on women in leadership

Caritas Internationalis, in partnership with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to UNESCO, will hold a conference from 27-28 October on “The Full Face of Humanity: Women in… Read More

Pope: Bear witness on peripheries like Fr. Puglisi and St. Francis

Pope Francis meets with 250 members of Italy’s “Frontier Community”, and underscores the importance of living the Gospel and focusing on the Risen Christ in their outreach to disadvantaged youth,… Read More

Pope urges religious sisters to put relationship with Christ first

Pope Francis encourages Bridgettine and Comboni religious sisters to put Jesus first, to turn to Him constantly in Eucharistic Adoration, and to learn from the beautiful personal prayer of Pope… Read More

Parolin: ‘An Agreement on aspects essential to daily life of Church in China’

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin grants an interview to discuss the two-year renewal of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China. Read all… Read More
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